Friday, August 15, 2014

New Jersey spending big on post-Sandy water protection

Hurricane Sandy damaged 400 water systems and 94 wastewater treatment plants in New Jersey, leaving many without power and allowing hundreds of millions of gallons to spill into state waterways.
To help avoid a repeat, the state legislature in June authorized approximately $1.3 billion in low-and no-interest loans to 235 projects, most involving costs involved in dealing with storm damages to water infrastructure. Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law last Friday.
NJ Spotlight reports that the money  being allocated this year by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, the financing mechanism set up the state to help fund improvements to sewer plants and water supply facilities, is well beyond the allocation of a few hundred-million dollars in past years.
Seventy percent of the money is coming from the federal government, with the rest matched by the state, according to Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
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